Sunny Side is waiting for you: a trip through Smoky Mountain backroads and lush Appalachian countryside. Jump-start your journey with outlet shopping in Sevierville, hometown of the iconic Dolly Parton. See heritage crafters like blacksmiths, carriage makers, potters and glassblowers at Gatlinburg’s Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, or stop at Newport/ Cocke County Museum for Appalachian and Native American artifact exhibits. Be sure to visit Johnson City. Formerly a railroad town called “Johnson’s Depot,” Johnson City became a major rail hub for the Southeast. Today, it’s ranked as one of Forbes.com’s “Best Small Places for Business and Careers.” Fish the waters of the Nolichucky River just like the early settlers at the Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, or catch a performance at the International Storytelling Center in historic downtown Jonesborough. Experience Southern Appalachia’s bio-diversity at Roan Mountain State Park and the Cherokee National Forest.
From Dutchman’s breeches to bee balm, you’ll find the rich hardwood forests truly fascinating. Make a pit stop in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music and home to the notoriously fast Bristol Motor Speedway. In Bulls Gap, visit the Archie Campbell Museum and Tourist Center dedicated to the late star of “Hee-Haw.” End your journey with a thick, old-fashioned milkshake from Dandridge’s utterly charming Tinsley-Bible Drugstore. From hiking wildflower trails to watching local artisans craft their wares, the Sunny Side Trail has something for everyone.
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